Daniel Kitson’s solo stand-up show, The Impotent Fury Of The Privileged is a comedy like no other. As he says himself, this is not a show where some comedian yells about the injustices of the world but does not offer any solutions. This is a carefully and cleverly scripted wordplay where thoughts tumble over thoughts, emotions become blurred and one leaves this stand-up show with a combined sense of shame and hope for humanity. How can a comedian achieve all this?
Apart from being uproariously funny, Kitson’s comedic style uses clever language and intellectual content to both entertain and inform his audience. His beautiful wordplay mesmerizes, while his gawky physique and cheeky demeanour provide the classic cooky comedian identity. Even when Kitson forgets his own material, as he did on opening night, he is still entertaining even when simply standing there trying to remember what it was he was going to say.
Yet it is not Kitson’s appearance or language that has the most impact in this show. It is his compassion. Real, every-day, human compassion. The type of compassion that gets mad at idiots on public transport, even if that particular person has simply had a bad day; the type of compassion that makes one sad when they see World Vision ads, but fails to motivate them to donate; the type of compassion that sees a homeless person, but walks straight past them. Kitson’s show is about desensitized compassion, something which we all practice on a daily basis. Is this a bad thing? Kitson isn’t sure. But he is definitely hilarious when he talks about it.
It is a peculiar thing to watch a comedian with a conscience. While Kitson pokes fun at the most serious of issues, he then turns around and almost shames the audience for laughing at his jokes. Yet it is not shame in the ‘you are a bad person’ sense. He is simply provoking the audience to ask ‘What can I do to help?’ Kitson’s ability take the every day actions of people and make them laugh so much at themselves that they walk away feeling changed somehow, is equivalent to a great composer turning a quiet piano into a symphonic masterpiece.
The Impotent Fury Of The Privileged is an awakening. I have never been so happy, hopeful, shamed and lost after a show.
higgledy piggledy enterprises presents
The Impotent Fury Of The Privileged
performed by Daniel Kitson
SYDNEY | The Factory | 17-27 February | 02 9550 3666 and factorytheatre.com.au
BRISBANE | Brisbane Powerhouse | 6-9 March | 07 3358 8600 and brisbanepowerhouse.org
ADELAIDE | Adelaide Fringe | The Royalty Theatre | 11-15 March | 1300 374 643 and adelaidefringe.com.au
MELBOURNE | Melbourne International Comedy Festival | Athenaeum | 19 March-13 April | 1300 660 013 comedyfestival.com.au and venue 9650 1500
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